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決定 決定 決定

Written by Ursula Nafula

Illustrated by Vusi Malindi

Translated by dohliam

Read by Zoe Lam

Language Cantonese

Level Level 2

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我條村要面對好多問題。村中剩係有一個水喉,我哋日日都要排長龍去打水。

我條村要面對好多問題。村中剩係有一個水喉,我哋日日都要排長龍去打水。

我的村莊面臨很多問題。村裡只有一個水龍頭,我們每天都要排很長的隊伍去接水。

My village had many problems. We made a long line to fetch water from one tap.


我哋要等住第二啲人捐嘢俾我哋食。

我哋要等住第二啲人捐嘢俾我哋食。

我們等著別人接濟食物給我們吃。

We waited for food donated by others.


我哋晚晚好早都要鎖住大門,因為驚賊入嚟。

我哋晚晚好早都要鎖住大門,因為驚賊入嚟。

每天晚上,我們因為害怕有小偷,所以都早早地鎖上了門。

We locked our houses early because of thieves.


有唔少細蚊仔未讀完書就停學。

有唔少細蚊仔未讀完書就停學。

中途輟學的孩子也不少。

Many children dropped out of school.


後生嘅女仔被逼去到隔籬村做女傭。

後生嘅女仔被逼去到隔籬村做女傭。

年輕的女孩被迫到別的村莊去做女佣。

Young girls worked as maids in other villages.


後生嘅男仔唔係成日喺條村度遊蕩,就係去人哋嘅農場度打工。

後生嘅男仔唔係成日喺條村度遊蕩,就係去人哋嘅農場度打工。

年輕的男孩不是成天在村子裡遊蕩,就是到別人的農場裡打工。

Young boys roamed around the village while others worked on people's farms.


返風嘅時候,啲廢紙就周圍亂噉飛,掛喺樹頂同籬笆上面。

返風嘅時候,啲廢紙就周圍亂噉飛,掛喺樹頂同籬笆上面。

起風的時候,廢紙到處亂飛,掛在樹梢和籬笆上。

When the wind blew, waste paper hung on trees and fences.


玻璃碎掟到周圍都係,好多人都被玻璃碎劃親。

玻璃碎掟到周圍都係,好多人都被玻璃碎劃親。

碎玻璃扔得到處都是,很多人都被碎玻璃劃傷了。

People were cut by broken glass that was thrown carelessly.


終於有一日,水龍頭乾涸咗,大家接唔到水嘞。

終於有一日,水龍頭乾涸咗,大家接唔到水嘞。

終於有一天,水龍頭乾涸了,人們接不到水了。

Then one day, the tap dried up and our containers were empty.


我老竇逐家逐戶噉勸人,召集條村嘅居民開會。

我老竇逐家逐戶噉勸人,召集條村嘅居民開會。

我的爸爸一家一家地勸說,召集村裡的居民們開會。

My father walked from house to house asking people to attend a village meeting.


大家聚到一棵大樹底下,準備開會。

大家聚到一棵大樹底下,準備開會。

人們聚到一棵大樹下,準備開會。

People gathered under a big tree and listened.


我老竇企咗起身,話:「我哋一定要團結合作,解決我哋嘅問題。」

我老竇企咗起身,話:「我哋一定要團結合作,解決我哋嘅問題。」

我爸爸站起來,說:“我們必須團結起來,一起解決我們的問題。”

My father stood up and said, "We need to work together to solve our problems."


八歲嘅珠瑪坐喺樹幹上面,大聲噉就話:「我可以幫手清理條村。」

八歲嘅珠瑪坐喺樹幹上面,大聲噉就話:「我可以幫手清理條村。」

八歲的珠瑪坐在樹幹上,大聲說:“我可以幫忙清理村莊。”

Eight-year-old Juma, sitting on a tree trunk shouted, "I can help with cleaning up."


一個女人又企咗起身話:「我可以搵班女仔,一齊種莊稼。」

一個女人又企咗起身話:「我可以搵班女仔,一齊種莊稼。」

一個女人站起來說:“我可以找一些婦女,一起種莊稼。”

One woman said, "The women can join me to grow food."


又有一個男人企起身話:「班男仔可以幫住打井。」

又有一個男人企起身話:「班男仔可以幫住打井。」

又有一個男人站起來說:“男人們可以幫著打井。”

Another man stood up and said, "The men will dig a well."


我哋異口同聲噉就話:「我哋一定要改變我哋嘅生活。」由嗰日開始,大家都齊心協力,解決問題。

我哋異口同聲噉就話:「我哋一定要改變我哋嘅生活。」由嗰日開始,大家都齊心協力,解決問題。

我們異口同聲地說:“我們必須改變我們的生活。”從那天開始,大伙兒都齊心協力,解決問題。

We all shouted with one voice, "We must change our lives." From that day we worked together to solve our problems.


Written by: Ursula Nafula
Illustrated by: Vusi Malindi
Translated by: dohliam
Read by: Zoe Lam
Language: Cantonese
Level 2
Source: Decision from African Storybook
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